This dessert is a delightful change from the easy prepared mixes most often used due to busy schedules between work and home. The light creamy texture and zest of lemon flavor makes this recipe worth the extra time it takes to prepare and make. With fresh or thawed frozen berries on top, it makes for an attractive dessert presentation when the ramekin is served on a pretty saucer with two thin wafer cookies on the side.
What is a ramekin? This is a small, round, ceramic dish that can be used for individual servings, or condiments. A ramekin can withstand high temperatures, such as in ovens or boiling water methods. They are often called "custard cups".
Lemon and Berry Delight Cups
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs, separated
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 cup low fat or whole milk
5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Recipe will make six ramekin desserts.
Fresh or frozen (thawed) berries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the ramekins inside with a non-stick cooking spray. Mix flour and sugar in a medium bowl. In another bowl, cream the butter and egg yolks -- blend in the lemon juice, milk, and lemon zest into butter and yolk mix. Pour the liquid mix into the sugar and flour, blend thoroughly with a wooden spoon or whisk.
In another bowl, whip egg whites till stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into the lemon mix, using a rubber spatula. Spoon the mixture into the individual ramekins. Place the ramekins in a large roasting pan. Carefully pour enough hot water into the pan to cover bottom half of the ramekins, being careful not to get any water into the lemon mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove pan from oven and carefully transfer the ramekins to a rack to cool, using tongs.
Serve dessert in the ramekins set on saucers. Top with a few berries and place wafer cookies or pirouette cookie, broken in half, on saucer.
Enjoy the compliments and the dessert.